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Old 06-22-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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3/4 Ton Diesel vs Gas

I'm looking at new TV and have been focused on Diesels. With what I am learning I am concerned that a Diesel may require more attention than I am used to with gasoline engines. So my question, is getting a 3/4 gaser just a mistake. Or should I be considering things like GMs vortec 6.0l with a 3.73 6 speed as a replacement to my 1/2 ton silverado 5.3L 3.73 4 speed.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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In my opinion (plus a few proven facts) diesels are more expensive to maintain, service, etc. but the tradeoff is their pulling ability. If you pull a light trailer and use your truck for commuting and other non-towing things, you may want to really consider the gas engine but if you tow a lot especially in higher altitude, have a medium to heavy trailer and don't want to worry about having enough torque to get from point A to point B, go the diesel. Everyone has an opinion about this subject but I have not heard too many complaints from diesel owners.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:28 PM   #3
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Have towed a 10K lbs 30 foot 5th wheel with a 2007 Silverado 2500 HD 6 L, 6 speed, for the last 5 years. Have towed approx 15,000 miles with one trip from Ontario to British Columbia and two trips from Ontario to Nova Scotia. My truck now has 45 K miles. I have replaced the battery, one set of rear tires, and oil changes as required. Truck still runs great.

On my trip to BC I achieved 11.62 mpg, that is Imperial gallons. Sorry don't have time right now to convert to US gallons.

Hope this will assist in your decision.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:05 PM   #4
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If you ever tow with a diesel, you'll never be able to go back to a gasser.

Been there, done that.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:24 PM   #5
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No argument, Diesel costs more to maintain BUT like drfife said, try it once and you'll be hard pressed to go back to gas. With my last camper I pulled it with a Hemi and I thought that it pulled well, but moving to diesel was a big difference.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:29 PM   #6
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After towing with our diesel all I can say is I'm glad I made the jump even if it costs me a bit more to maintain. I get about 2.5 to 3 mpg better mileage than I did with our 2005 silverado with a 5.3.

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Old 06-22-2012, 09:28 PM   #7
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If you ever tow with a diesel, you'll never be able to go back to a gasser.
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My last trailer was a 32 ft that I pulled with three different trucks that I had. First was 1500 5.3. Second was a 2500 6.0. Third was current 2500hd diesel. After towing with the diesel will never go back to a gasser.
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Have towed a 10K lbs 30 foot 5th wheel with a 2007 Silverado 2500 HD 6 L, 6 speed, for the last 5 years. Have towed approx 15,000 miles with one trip from Ontario to British Columbia and two trips from Ontario to Nova Scotia. My truck now has 45 K miles. I have replaced the battery, one set of rear tires, and oil changes as required. Truck still runs great.

On my trip to BC I achieved 11.62 mpg, that is Imperial gallons. Sorry don't have time right now to convert to US gallons.

Hope this will assist in your decision.
That converts to 9.67 mpg (US gallons)
http://www.onlineconversion.com/fuel_consumption.htm
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I towed with a gasser for years and never thought anything of it, that is until I purchased a diesel, the difference is night and day. I use mine as my primary vehicle and do a fair amount of driving. Hand calculated, my unloaded mileage is better in my Duramax than it was in my gas Suburban. It goes without saying that my towing mileage is significantly better.
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I towed with GM gas 6.0L trucks for years and was happy and had no problems.

I had the same concerns when we looked at trucks, higher initial cost, higher maintenance and just not familiar with Diesel engine care and maintenance.

When I finally went over to the "Dark Side" and got a Duramax Diesel, we have been very happy and will not be going back to a gas truck anytime soon.
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